La Nouvelle Vague - photography by Raymond Cauchetier

À bout de souffle (Champs-Élysées), Raymond Cauchetier (1959)

La Nouvelle Vague is an exhibition of iconic photographs of French New Wave Cinema by legendary photographer Raymond Cauchetier currently showing at the James Hyman Gallery in London.

In 1959, Raymond Cauchetier was hired as the on-set photographer for Jean Luc Godard's first feature, A Bout de Souffle. He photographed not only the famous moments, such as Jean Seberg and Jean Paul Belmondo walking down the Champs Elysées, Seberg in her New York Herald Tribune t-shirt, but also behind-the-scenes glimpses which document the filmmaking process.

Jules et Jim (Charenton-le-Pont), Raymond Cauchetier (1961)

Unlike other on-set photographers whose aim was simply to create stills which could be used for publicity purposes, Cauchetier approached the set as a photojournalist, bearing witness to a defining moment in cinematic history. The resulting images offer an incredible insight into the genius of Godard and document his highly unorthodox methods.

La Peau Douce (Rambouillet), Raymond Cauchetier (1963)

Adieu Philippine, Raymond Cauchetier (1960)

Along with A Bout de Souffle, the exhibition includes images from Godard's Une Femme est Une Femme (1960), Jacques Rozier's Adieu Philippine (1960), Jacques Demy's Lola (1960), starring Anouk Aimée, and Francois Truffaut's Jules et Jim (1962) starring Jean Moreau, La Peau Douce (1963) and Baisers Volés (1968). 

The exhibition is on till 28th August 2010. If you are in London during this time, and if you love your movies, please try not to miss this, the photos are gorgeous.